Travel within Florida, directly from The Villages, is now easier than ever thanks to rideshare company Hitch – they have been operating here successfully since last year and have completed tens of thousands of rides throughout the country.
Cabs, Uber and Lyft may be convenient for short distances near the Villages, but they prove to be difficult or too expensive when trying to visit friends and family who can live farther away. On average, Hitch rides are ten times less expensive than long distance Uber/Lyft rides.
Daily rides go between The Villages and Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando and Tampa – and will be adding Tallahassee soon. Hitch also has dozens of other routes to and from most major cities in Florida. A list of these routes can be found here.
The best part is you have many options on how you want to travel with Hitch. You can share it with other community members for as low as $20 per seat, and even have the option of linking it with your Facebook account to see if you have friends headed that way as well. Or, you can opt for their Premier service for private, door-to-door trips, starting around $75.
Book the same day or for those who are super planners, book up to 60 days in advance.
Riders can also use the dynamic drop-off option to stop on the way to their destination.
Safety is the top priority at Hitch and what sets them apart from any other service available – they require thorough background checks for their drivers, all of whom must be at least 21 years of age with a valid license, registration and insurance. They also only use four-door sedans or larger, so you know your ride will be comfortable.
Gone are the days hesitating to ask family and friends to drive long distances to pick you up or using expensive planes or slow buses. You can also feel comfortable asking guests to come to The Villages when you know how safe, affordable and comfortable it is to use Hitch.
Hitch also offers reliable, long-distance, same-day delivery service. That’s right. If you forgot an important item such as a medication or computer on your visit, drivers can pick it up and bring it to you. You can also make meaningful and unusual gift delivery a reality, too. (Delivering homemade food between a mother and her son is how the company was formed!) Saying it’s affordable is an understatement, too, with the average same-day delivery being 10 times less expensive than FedEx or UPS services.
Hitch is offering Village residents their first three rides at 50% off – Just use the code VILLAGES50.